School Spotlight: University of Nevada Las Vegas
With a current enrollment of around 1,800 GI Bill students, The University of Nevada Las Vegas is no stranger to the needs of the military community. For that reason, we wanted to highlight all this university has to offer student veterans looking for a veteran friendly Nevada university. Hopefully by highlighting these standout programs, more college-bound veterans will find the ideal supportive school for them.
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Accreditations: Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Undergraduate Enrollment: 23,803
GI Bill Students: 1,800
Duration: 4 year
College Type: Public
The University of Nevada Las Vegas has the following veteran programs in place:
BAH of $1,380
Full-Time Veteran Counselor On Campus
Signed VA Principles Of Excellence
Club/Association For Veterans
Veteran Upward Bound Program
8 Keys to Veterans’ Success
Offers ROTC Program
Offers College Credit for Military Experiences
Awards Credit For CLEP Exam
Awards Credit For DSST Exam
Comply with The Veteran’s Choice Act
Approved for TA Funding
Yellow Ribbon Program
*Learn the specifics on what these programs entail, here.
VetSuccess On Campus Counselor
Having a counselor on campus who’s fulltime job is to ensure veterans are getting the assistance they need is a big undertaking. Because it is such a big commitment, that means that campuses have this invaluable resource really see the value in supporting military students through all facets of their transition.
UNLV has an experienced VA benefits counselor on campus to assist their growing population of veterans with resources to make sure their health, educational, and benefit needs are met, and to help them reach their education and career goals. VetSuccess helps veterans with:
- Information about Veterans’ healthcare, education, and other benefits
- Vocational testing, career, academic, and readjustment counseling services
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) counseling and referral services
- Overcoming any obstacles that could potentially interfere with successfully completing training and/or entering a suitable career
- Registering for health services through VA Medical Centers, community-based outpatient clinics, or Vet Centers, as needed
- Registering for eBenefits and My HealtheVet
Yellow Ribbon Program
Getting a degree in the United States is expensive. Unfortunately, the GI Bill might not cover every fee or textbook students need to complete their degree program. That’s where the Yellow Ribbon Program comes into play. UNLV currently has $84,000 in the Yellow Ribbon program. This money serves as a key safety net to assist those veterans and military family members who do not qualify for the new Nevada residency law.
Green Zone Initiative
The state of Nevada (not just UNLV) has started this pretty incredible initiative.
“The Green Zone Initiative is a plan of integration to veterans coming back home and an invitation to veterans throughout the United States to come to Nevada, to be educated there, to open businesses, find employment and know of the excellent health and wellness facilities available throughout the state. It is “a safe zone” for veterans, the “Green Zone.”
We believe that going to school in a state that collectively welcomes veterans and military means that the assistance and transition support isn’t far away.
Step-by-Step Video Assistance
This is the first school we’ve come across that has a library of original videos created by their vet center, specifically for their veterans. These videos help explain exactly what your specific GI Bill entails and what all the office needs in order to process yours. They are EXTREMELY helpful, especially because in-state tuition laws vary by state. If you have any questions, just go to this library of videos and prepare to learn a LOT!
Rebel Women Vets
This is also the first women vets group that we’ve come across at a college or university. The mission of Rebel Women Vets is to connect women veterans with resources, support, outreach and advocacy needed for women veterans to succeed in higher education and beyond.
Connect With UNLV
Does this sound like a place you could thrive? Do you have questions for admissions personnel at UNLV? Connect with their school today in a few easy clicks, here. (Don’t worry, the university won’t receive any of your contact info either!)
Images Courtesy of The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.